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Leah Ding Associate Professor Computer Science

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CAS - Computer Science
Dr. Ding is broadly interested in cybersecurity and data privacy with a recent focus on the intersections between security, privacy, and machine learning. On one hand, she leverages machine learning techniques to study security and privacy. On the other hand, she studies the trustworthiness of machine learning models, and investigates how to build secure and privacy-preserving machine learning models. She is also interested in wireless and IoT security, privacy, and forensics. She has extensive experience doing cybersecurity R&D in industrial research labs. Before coming to AU, she was a Research Principal at Accenture Labs (the R&D division of Accenture), and an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University.
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Fall 2020

  • CSC-316 Computer Science III

Spring 2021

  • CSC-316 Computer Science III

  • CSC-481 Machine Learning/Cybersecurity

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

"Defending against GAN-based DeepFake Attacks via Transformation-aware Adversarial Faces," C. Yang, L. Ding, Y. Chen, H. Li, the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN), Jul. 2021.

"Are Smart Home Devices Abandoning IPV Victims?" A. Alshehri, M. B. Salem, L. Ding, IEEE TrustCom/C4W, Dec. 2020. [Link]

"Connecting Web Event Forecasting with Anomaly Detection: A Case Study on Enterprise Web Applications Using Self-Supervised Neural Networks," X. Yuan, L. Ding, M. B. Salem, X. Li, D. Wu, SecureComm, Oct. 2020. [Link]

"A Novel Architecture for Automatic Document Classification for Effective Security in Edge Computing Environments," L. Ding, M. B. Salem, IEEE/ACM Symposium on Edge Computing/EdgeSP, Oct. 2018. [Link]

Professional Services

Local Chair, the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Connected Health Applications, Systems, and Engineering Technologies (CHASE), Dec. 2021. [Link]

Publicity co-chair, the IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (CNS), Oct. 2021. [Link]

Co-chair, the Third ACM/IEEE Workshop on Security and Privacy in Edge Computing, Nov. 2020. [Link]

Orgnazier and Panel Moderator, Women-in-Computing Forum of the ACM/IEEE Symposium on Edge Computing, Nov. 2019. [Link]

Professional Presentations

"Trust Preservation in the Age of AI," invited talk, Women in Hardware and Systems Security(WISE) workshop, Dec. 2020. [Link]

"Hype or hope? Machine learning based security analytics for web applications," L. Ding, X. Yuan, M. B. Salem, Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC)/Case Studies, Dec. 2019. [Link]

"Automated REST API Endpoint Identification for Security Testing at Scale: How Machine Learning Accelerates Security Testing," L. Ding, J. Jacob, J. Chen, S. Pham, Blackhat Asia, Mar. 2019. [Link]


If you are interested in joining my research group as a research assistant, please send me an email with your CV and transcripts.